I offer book-based presentations, primarily in the Southern Ontario region. I am available to speak at libraries, schools, bookstores, etc.
Here are my main presentations:
The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto
This presentation is built around my recent book, The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto.
The Boy on the Bicycle examines the case of 14-year old Ron Moffatt, who was wrongly convicted of murdering a child in Toronto in 1956. The case involves a coerced confession, a fumbled police investigation and a crusading lawyer who sought to free Ron from custody.
This talk is roughly 60 – 90 minutes in length and includes commentary about wrongful convictions, false confessions and police interrogation protocols for young offenders.
The Art of the Con
This presentation is built around my book, The Big Con (published 2016 by ABC-CLIO).
The presentation looks at con artists such as Charles Ponzi (from whom we get the term “Ponzi scheme”) and Bernie Madoff and scams such as online romance fraud, the Nigerian Prince email, disaster fraud, pyramid schemes, medical fakery and other forms of deceit.
This talk is roughly 60 – 90 minutes in length and includes commentary about how to avoid being scammed and why old cons continue to flourish under new guises.
The following interview, recorded September 2016 with Talk Radio Europe will give you a sense of what my presentation about “The Art of the Con” is like:
Steven Truscott: Decades of Injustice
This presentation is built around my book of the same title, which looked at the tragic case of a small-town Ontario teenager wrongfully convicted of murder in 1959.
La Cosa Nostra
This presentation is based around my book about the American Mafia, and looks at the rise of the United States’ most notorious criminal underworld. In addition to detailing the origins of the American Mafia, I discuss legal initiatives designed to combat the mob, such as the RICO statute, wiretapping and witness protection.
The Big Bosses
This presentation looks at gang leaders from the past such as Dutch Schultz, Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Johnny Torrio, Dion O’Banion and Arnold Rothstein. I discuss how Prohibition turned street-corner thugs into millionaire mob bosses and instituted a wave of lawlessness, particularly in Chicago and New York City. This presentation is based around my books about American gangsters, Dutch Schultz and Al Capone.
To get a sense of my speaking style, here is a video of a crime writer panel I appeared on. This was recorded November 23, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library. My part begins at the 23 minute mark.
I charge reasonable rates and can present anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area. For more information, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.